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Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre says “woke Liberal NDP mayors” are to blame for rising crime across Canada.

“The worst disorder, drug abuse ,crime and chaos are in places run by woke NDP, Liberal mayors and premiers,” Mr. Poilievre told a news conference in Edmonton on Thursday.

“Their policies have unleashed a wicked crime spree across this country.”

The Conservative Leader cited incidents of urban violence in Alberta this week, including a man randomly stabbed at a Edmonton bus stop on Thursday morning.

Mr. Poilievre said the situation is playing out “everywhere that Liberals and New Democrats are in power, in Montreal, and British Columbia and in cities that have woke NDP-Liberal mayors

The leader of the Official Opposition referenced Vancouver, blaming the NDP for tent cities, issues around illegal drugs, and random violence.

Among provinces, Manitoba and Saskatchewan had Canada’s highest crime severity rates, according to Statistics Canada data for 2021 released in August, 2022. Canada’s territories had higher rates. The index measures the volume and severity of police-reported crime in Canada.

Mr. Poilievre said the “cause and effect” factor at play is that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and “his coalition with the NDP” brought in what he referred to as a “catch and release” approach to bail that allows the release of repeat offenders.

“How do I blame it on the federal-Liberal NDP coalition? The fact is it’s a nationwide problem that we did not have before Justin Trudeau. We have it now. I will fix it.”

Last March, the federal Liberals and the NDP committed to a “supply-and-confidence” agreement that will see them work together on key policy areas, averting an election until at least 2025.

As a result, he said he is making the case for a “common sense Conservative approach” to dealing with crime that includes more police officers, “real consequences” for repeat offenders across Canada, and an end to safe supply of illegal drugs.

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